At first glance, Evelyn S. Annable may seem shy and good natured but, underneath her peaceful smile there is a determination that goes unmatched. Just a year ago, upon exiting her vehicle to inspect the damage of a rear-end collision she encountered, she was hit, head-on, by an oncoming car.
Luckily, after several months of intense physical therapy, Evelyn bounced back and has learned to cope with the constant pain in her ankle by repeating simple breathing exercises while she runs. Evelyn believes that with hard work, determination and consistency, anyone can achieve her success, “Most people in my situation would come up with a million excuses why they should not be running instead, I came up with a million-and-one reasons with why I would be running!”
She states, “When I broke my ankle, I was told I would not be able to run again. At that point in time, I was still new to running so it could have been easy for me to say ok, I’ll find something else but instead I took it as a challenge. I decided then, that I’d get better and quickly get back to doing what had become so important to me. Where there is a will, there is a way! It won’t always be easy, but it is also not impossible.”
Fortunately, this accident, with fate, has not only shaped Evelyn’s determination to conquer the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon but has also helped her find the inner strength to help lead the WRG Cicero tribe. The Warriors Running Group’s Cicero tribe is important to Evelyn, “To me it means opportunity, goals, trust, new challenges, passion, honesty and most of all family. Old and new runners, alike, are always welcomed with warmth and care, this makes it easy our new runners to check their nerves and any reservations they might have and instead, allows them the peace of mind to focus and run.”